One solution for handling the TBR pile: read them all simultaneously.
Normally, I have a rather long list of books I intend to read, and things fall off the end as I add more to the beginning of that list, but things have gotten pretty out of hand as of late. My experience is that I want to read them all at the same time, paralyzed by indecision.
As–surely–I am not the only one with an overwhelming selection of Want To Reads, I wanted to propose a party of sorts for toppling these monster TBR piles.
They’re starting to self-articulate and gain a consciousness, here in the kitchen:
Arrange for yourself some “me” time, about two hours, sometime over the next four weeks. (Between now and mid-June-ish). Take the kids to the day spa, send the dogs to Gramma’s, quit your job*, whatever it is in your life that you need to do to give yourself a couple of hours, uninterrupted.
Also, provide supplies for this reading event. Buy a case of cheesy-chips, make an entire thermos of Perfect Tea, program a playlist on the music-thingy. Whatevs.
This is silly, here on my sewing machine. Wonder why I’m not getting any quilting done?
Now that the time and space have been arranged, choose a few from the TBR mountain. The intent is to explore, not to finish, ok? Maybe you have some books that look interesting but not normally your thing. Maybe you have some #2 of different trilogies–check them out and see if it’s worth finding book #1. Maybe you have a pile of guilt bomb lends or recommendations. Maybe your pile consists entirely of SUPERINCREDOAWSOMESAUCE and they all need to be read right now. And so on. The “rules”:
- these are not books to be committed to or finished right now. Maybe later but not right now.
- we’re not expected to do a review for every book in that pile
- explore the books. Read a chapter or two. Move on to the next.
- yes, of course non-SF/F and ebooks and audio are all “allowed”
The blog post on your blog for this TBR Topple Campaign will run something like this:
List of the books, how and why they came to be on your pile. Initial Survey: is there a map? glossary? other “bonus” material? Read a chapter or two and tell us your first impressions of this book and/or author’s voice. Is this a book you’ll come back to or abandon? Is there an audio that maybe you’ll switch to if you’re an audio fictioneer? And so forth. Do this, and run your post before June 20. I’ll run my post over the weekend to kick things off.
The books next to my reading chair. If you need a visual representation of “indecision”, that’s it there.
Of course, I’m certain that my to-read list will grow after reading all of your lists. Heh! Let’s see how it goes. If you would like a badge thingy, here is one:
*please don’t do that. “Quit your job” was offered as a funny exaggeration.